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first_imgMico defeat G. C. Foster The Mico University College made it two from two in the intercollegiate 50 Overs cricket competition after defeating former champions G.C. Foster College by eight wicket at Marescaux Road on Thursday. Scores: G.C. Foster College 132 all out off 40.1 overs, Mico 135 for two off 22.1 overs. Batting first after winning the toss, G.C. Foster found themselves in early trouble struggling at 71 for six. However a 44-run seventh wicket partnership between Odane Vassell (38) and Keswick Archibald (28) brought some respectability to the score. Antwain Stephens, Michael Bedward and Oshean Wilson took two wickets each for Mico. In reply, Mico openers Odain McCatty and Tevin Gilzene put on 84 runs for the first wicket before McCatty was bowled by Tyrone Bailey for 51. Gilzene ended on 42 not out while skipper Stephens made 26. The elite competition for the top four Intercollegiate teams starts today. UWI will host Mico while in Angels, Spanish Town G.C. Foster will oppose the University of Technology. Both matches start at 9:30 a.m. Fort look for fifth win Defending champion Fort International will hunt their fifth win in as many matches as they take on Garveymeade at Passagefort Drive, Portmore in the Jamaica Domino Federation/City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union Portmore/ St Catherine League. The star-studded team is expected to come out easy winners. In other games (home teams named first) Braeton All Stars vs Spring Village; Links United vs Correctional Services; Soursop Tree vs Chedwin Strikers; Ken’s Wildflower vs Memory Lane; Right Stuff vs Masterpiece; Waterhouse United vs Mechanical Strikers; Frazsiers Whip vs Passagefort United; Exceptional International and Felluchi Strikers vs Naggo Head. Five teams, have perfect records so far, they are Fort International, Eradication; Waterhouse United; Spring Village and Links United (Links won three from three games (12 points). The top four have won four games each for 16 points. Results of matches played last Sunday: Exceptional 276 Ken’s Wildflower 242; Correctional Services 300 Felluchi Strikers 260; Eradication 300 Mechanical Strikers 279; Fort International 300 Passagefort United 281; Waterhouse 300 Chedwin Strikers 283; Spring Village 300 Naggo Head 276; Masterpiece 300 Soursop Tree 280; Right Stuff 300 Memory Lane 245; Braeton All Stars 300 Garveymeade 245. Edgewater blank Braeton Utd 3-0 Edgewater scored a big 3-0 win over Braeton United to solidify their lead atop the standings in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League last Sunday. Mario Salesman with a double strike and another goal from Gadial Irving gave Edgewater their handsome win. It was Edgewater’s seventh win from eight games. They are sole leaders of the league with 21 points. Southborough, the only team to beat Edgewater this season, are on 19 points. They kept pace with the leaders with 1-0 win over Racing United. In other games, Cumberland drubbed Three West 6-1 and Waterford and Caymanas Gardens drew 1-1. Matches on tomorrow at Cumberland High School field: Three West vs Waterford 1 p.m. and Cumberland vs Racing United 3 p.m. At Westchester field: Westchester vs Edgewater at 1 p.m. and Braeton United vs Southborough at 3 p.m. Rotary Club’s charity golf The 2017 Rotary Club of Kingston charity golf tournament will be held on Saturday, March 4 at the Constant Spring Golf Club. It’s the only tournament locally which offers a motor vehicle as a ‘Hole in One Prize’. The car will be provided courtesy of Magna Motors dealership, agents for Hyundai in Jamaica. Other prizes include TV sets, electronic tablets and weekends for two at luxury resorts. Tee times are 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and the format is a full handicap stableford. Federal United whip Newland Federal United jumped to an impressive 22 points after defeating Newland 3-1 in the St Catherine Major League last Sunday. In another game, Old Harbour clipped their neighbours Bodles 1-0 through Najja Biggs’ 83rd minute strike. They are now on 18 points. In other matches G.C. Foster edged Portsmouth 1-0. Two other games ended in 1-1 scorelines – Christian Pen vs Royal Lakes and New Raiders vs De La vega City.last_img read more

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Davis’ big night helps Pelicans end 6-game skid, beat Bulls

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LaVine’s 30-foot 3 cut New Orleans’ lead to 94-88 with less than six minutes to go. But the Bulls never got closer.Jrue Holiday blocked a shot, hit a turnaround fade and added two free throws to help put the Pelicans up by nine with 1:30 left.“He can do it on both ends, obviously,” Davis said of Holiday. “When he’s playing like this, being the Jrue Holiday that we all know, we’re definitely a tough team to beat and he’s a tough player to guard.”TIP-INSBulls: LaVine has scored 20-plus points in all 12 of his game this season. … Ryan Arcidiacono scored 11 points, hitting three of four 3-point shots. … The Bulls shot 39.6 percent (38 of 96) and missed 22 of 31 3s.Pelicans: Elfrid Payton missed his sixth straight game with a right ankle injury. Gentry said he’s hopeful the starting point guard would be ready to return for New Orleans next game. … Nikola Mirotic’s recent long-range slump continued. He went 1-for-8 from 3, making him 10 of his last 43 from deep. He finished with nine points. …… The Pelicans outrebounded the Bulls 55-46. … Darius Miller hit three of four 3s and finished with 11 points. … Holiday eclipsed 2,000 career assists with his fifth of the game.TURNOVER TROUBLEAlthough Chicago had won its previous game, both teams had largely struggled lately and the game got sloppy at times. New Orleans committed 15 turnover and Chicago 12.The Pelicans now have 103 turnovers in their previous six games.Against the Bulls, however, New Orleans had enough good ball movement to win, amassing 32 assists on 42 made field goals. PASSING OUTDavis had seven assists, giving him six or more in half of the eight games in which he has played.“Knowing that a lot of teams are going to double-team me … my job is to kick it out to the shooters and it’s their job to make shots,” Davis said. “I’ve got to make the right plays, trust in my teammates and guys made shots tonight.”UP NEXTBulls: Host Cleveland on Saturday night.Pelicans: Host Phoenix on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) tries to block a shot by Chicago Bulls forward Jabari Parker (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis made a 3-pointer, pulled up to hit a 10-foot jumper and threw down a two-handed reverse alley-oop jam in the span of about two minutes late in the first quarter.That pivotal stretch seemed to mark the end of Davis’ recent shooting slump and the end of losing basketball for the New Orleans Pelicans.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READcenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Leonard returns to help Raptors improve to NBA-best 11-1 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Holiday had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while being guarded primarily by brother Justin. Julius Randle and Wesley Johnson each scored 12 points for New Orleans.“We were just in a situation where we needed a win in the worst way,” said Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, whose team was back home after an 0-5 road trip. “Just to come home and get a win, I think that takes a little bit of pressure off the guys.”Zach LaVine scored 22 and Jabari Parker had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago, which has dropped five of six games. Justin Holiday and Wendell Carter Jr. each scored 17 points, and Carter also grabbed 11 rebounds.Davis’ strong second quarter helped the Pelicans take 58-50 lead into halftime and New Orleans never trailed again, going up by as many as 18 late in the third quarter before Chicago rallied back to within single digits.“We battled back tonight to make it a single-digit game there at the end,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It all goes back to playing the right way from the beginning of the game. We’ve got a lot of work to do on both ends of the floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Davis had 32 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in his best game since spraining his right elbow nearly two weeks ago, and New Orleans ended a six-game skid with a 107-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.“I don’t think it was entirely the elbow,” Davis said. “It was just me overthinking and hesitating on shots. Tonight I just played calm. The shots I felt comfortable shooting, I shot with no hesitation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAfter missing four of his first five shots, Davis hit his next eight on his way to his first 30-plus point game since New Orleans beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 23.“It was really big for him just to get his groove back,” guard Jrue Holiday said. “There were a couple games there like last game where he probably didn’t shoot as well as he wanted to.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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‘Firestone and the Warlord’ Documentary Overrated and Underwhelming

first_imgThe author, Robtel Neajai Pailey, PhDReleased on Nov. 18 to fanfare in the United States, the ProPublica/Frontline investigative documentary ‘Firestone and the Warlord’ is nevertheless steeped in stereotypes, overly hyped and unappealing. Having intently studied and written about Firestone’s exploits in Liberia, I believe the film’s producers simply did not dig deep enough.Although there are some merits to the documentary—particularly revelations from declassified court documents, US State Department cables, Firestone corporate records, correspondences, and video footage—it conceals more than it reveals the true nature of Firestone’s asymmetrical relationship with Liberia.The film’s narrator begins: “This is a story about business and war. It’s a story about a small group of Americans and the choices they made many years ago. A story about the cost of operating in a volatile and remote country. It’s setting is a rubber plantation in Africa, owned and operated by the tire giant Firestone.”From the outset the narration harkens back to Joseph Conrad’s description of the Belgian Congo in Heart of Darkness. Liberia is an unnamed African backdrop of savagery, calamity and doom, while Firestone and its American workers, like Kurtz in Conrad’s book, are presumed innocent until they encounter ‘the horror’. Furthermore, the film’s title, ‘Firestone and the Warlord’, frames Firestone as a larger than life icon, juxtaposing it with an unnamed bogeyman, Charles Taylor, the counterrevolutionary-turned-president of Liberia.For the first eight minutes of the film, we are bombarded with an often distorted and caricatured interpretation of Liberia’s history by white male diplomats, journalists, and former Firestone managers. We do not hear from two of Liberia’s pre-eminent statesmen and scholars, Dr. D. Elwood Dunn and Dr. Amos Sawyer, until much later in the film and their contributions are disproportionately clipped into short sound bites. It sets the tone of the film early on as primarily concerned with the perspectives of non-Liberians.In an attempt to make the narrative palatable to a decidedly uninformed American audience, the film vilifies Taylor while portraying Firestone as somehow morally superior. It remains surprising that the film’s title was not ‘Charles Taylor and the Rubber Company’ since the gratuitous war imagery employed to demonize the former Liberian president makes him the central feature of the documentary. Never directly interviewed, Taylor is constantly referenced with accompanying video footage spanning his years in combat to his trial in The Hague for war crimes committed during Sierra Leone’s 10-year armed conflict. Although the film is sprinkled with important Liberian interviewee accounts that expose Firestone’s complicity in fomenting the country’s first war from 1989 to 1997, it primarily paints the rubber company as a coerced victim of Taylor’s brutality.“When evil is given an opportunity to reign freely, these things occur and we experience them”, says former Firestone accountant Steve Raimo, who reduces Liberia’s conflict to “tribal warfare”. His former colleague Ken Gerhart continues with a sinister smile on his face, almost mockingly: “Well, if they were the right tribe, they survived. If they weren’t, they didn’t.” Missing from their skewed analysis of Liberia’s armed insurgency is the shifting geo-politics of the Cold War, the country’s rising inequality and politicization of identity, and America’s alleged complicity in Charles Taylor’s mysterious jailbreak from a US prison. In diminishing Liberia’s conflict to the irrational machinations of African ‘tribes’, the film appears less concerned about Firestone’s criminal business practices and more obsessed with Taylor’s warmongering. This is a tired trope that lacks any originality.Contrasting Taylor, Firestone is portrayed as a law-abiding, tax-paying, responsible contributor to formal employment in Liberia. Yet deeply troubling is the almost deliberate erasure of the company’s abysmal record of gross human rights, labour rights, and environmental rights abuses. Less than ten years ago, the company’s workers would carry on their bare shoulders iron poles with two buckets attached on each end, filled with raw latex they had manually squeezed out of rubber trees. These 21st century rubber tappers resembled forcefully conscripted labour in the 1920s, when Firestone first started operations in Liberia under a severely flawed 99-year lease agreement.The film’s narrator argues that Liberia “offered Firestone” in 1926 a chance to develop one million acres of rubber at six cents per acre and that it was a “mutually beneficial arrangement.” For whom, one wonders. There is no mention that Liberia had been coerced into accepting the terms and conditions of the agreement as a pre-condition for a US$5 million loan from the Finance Corporation of America, sponsored by Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, at an interest rate of 7 percent. There is also no indication that those inhabiting the concession area were uprooted and forcefully conscripted to work for Firestone as rubber tappers under slave-like working conditions that persist today.Throughout the film, the Firestone plantation pre-1989 is painted as a haven, a place of bliss and tranquility for the mostly Liberian labour force. Yet while the film exposes the undeserved ‘good life’ of the company’s American and European expatriate managers—whose past times include golf on well-manicured lawns and clubhouse drinking parties—its framing of the miserable living conditions and low wages of Firestone’s Liberian employees is generally glossed over as a facet of plantation life because the company provided health and education services as well as parboiled American rice. Rather than protecting its ‘treasured’ workers during the early part of Liberia’s armed conflict, however, the company shuts down and its foreign staff leave the country in 1992. Shortly thereafter, they return to do business, but must first contend with Taylor. In a twist of irony, the film shows footage of Taylor scolding Firestone’s foreign senior staff for their negligence: “There’s a little war, and you leave…there’s no water, no food…It’s inexcusable, I don’t think Firestone should do such a thing.” Accusing Firestone management of abandoning plantation workers, Taylor demands to know how the company will make amends.It is not until the latter part of the film that Firestone’s dubiousness becomes apparent. Justifying why the rubber company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Taylor in 1992 to resume operations in Liberia, Gerald Padmore, a Liberian attorney and long-time Firestone legal representative, argues that it felt a “responsibility to the workers” and therefore, “had no other choice, the decision was to stay.” Former US assistant secretary of state for African Affairs Herman Cohen appears more sober: “You want to preserve what you can, so you have to make deals.” And what a deal! The film includes footage taken during Taylor’s testimony at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, in which he admits that Firestone provided economic and political capital during a critical juncture in the armed conflict becoming “our most significant principal source of foreign exchange.”Edwin Cisco, president of the Firestone Workers’ Union, argues in the documentary that the company’s motivations for working with Taylor boiled down to “profit, profit, and profit.” Yet, while the film harps on the fact that Firestone paid Taylor US$2.3 million dollars in ‘taxes’ and Firestone spent US$35.3 million on the plantation and its workers between June 1990 and February 1993, the unspoken elephant in the room is how much profit Firestone actually made during this period in rubber sales. The film also reminds us that Taylor allegedly siphoned off US$280 million to US$3 billion from the spoils of war, yet the same level of detail is not paid to Firestone’s revenue stream. One former senior manager of the company corroborates its true motivations, saying unabashedly, “Firestone’s intent has always been to make money. It always has and it always will be. We’re in the business to make money.” How much money, we are left wondering, since Firestone’s profits are unpublished. Although the film is meant to be an expose, it neither pursues this money trail nor questions why the information is concealed.As one US diplomat argues at the end of the documentary, “Firestone has blood on its hands” because it resumed operations in the midst of Liberia’s armed conflict. Yet, Firestone had ‘blood on its hands’ long before making its deal with the proverbial devil, and this too is not captured in the film. For instance, Firestone workers launched strikes in 1961, 1964 and 1975 in response to harsh labour practices, poor working conditions and low salaries. And years after the reprehensible MOU was signed, Firestone and Taylor remained cosy bedfellows. When Firestone workers demonstrated against the company’s arbitrary decision in 1997 to deduct 38 percent of their monthly salaries to replace money that had been allegedly stolen in the company’s safe deposit box during the first Liberian armed conflict, then president Taylor unleashed his security personnel to indiscriminately attack 7,000 unarmed demonstrators thereby muzzling dissent.In the film, Cohen and other diplomats eschew Taylor for being ‘venal’ and ‘unsavoury’, yet they do not once interrogate Firestone’s unsavoury labour practices. The film completely misses the fact that backlash against Firestone crystallised in a transnational campaign, Stop Firestone, spearheaded in 2005 by Liberians abroad, their counterparts in Liberia and an international coalition, to hold the corporation accountable. The campaign was largely based on a groundbreaking report by the Liberian NGO Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU), entitled, “Firestone: The Mark of Modern Slavery.” SAMFU representatives and Emira Woods, a US foreign policy expert and Liberian native, were neither consulted nor interviewed in the film.Also glaringly missing is that in November 2005, 35 Liberian plaintiffs filed a class action suit in a US court alleging that Bridgestone Corporation and Bridgestone North American Tire, the parent company of Firestone Liberia, had violated labour laws by using children to tap raw latex, inflicted unusual and cruel labour practices by instituting unrealistic daily quotas for tree tappers, and degraded the environment by deliberately dumping toxic substances in the plantation’s only water source, the Farmington River. As legal representatives of the plaintiffs, the International Labour Rights Forum invoked the Alien Torts Claim Act, under which US companies can be held liable for human rights abuses committed abroad. Although the plaintiffs lost the case in 2011, their decision to challenge Firestone in a court of law was unprecedented for Liberia. Yet the film’s producers do not interview Alfred Brownell, the Liberian lead attorney on the case.Instead, Padmore argues fiercely: “They [Firestone] did the right thing, they did not try to exploit the country…They did not pay off warlords or give money under the table. They didn’t do any of those things. They did the right thing.” Padmore’s responses almost seem orchestrated, like ProPublica and Frontline went out of their way to find a Liberian to somehow substantiate Firestone’s innocence. Padmore says that the decisions Firestone made were “completely justifiable…Had they not taken those decisions, Liberia would be much the worse for it today.” Despite Padmore’s staunch defence, however, there is an implicit recognition that Firestone should be among those who bear the greatest responsibility for Liberia’s armed conflict though no one has been formally prosecuted in this regard.Rather than climaxing with a fitting critique of Firestone’s criminality, the closing narration of the film reframes the company as largely exempt from culpability because it has “invested more than US$146 million to improve conditions on the plantation in Liberia and remains the country’s largest private employer.” The irony is that Firestone has not built a single processing plant in its almost 100 years of operation. On the world’s largest industrial rubber plantation with a sprawling 118,990 acres, the company could not produce one latex glove in Liberia to shield healthcare workers from contagion in the country’s latest Ebola outbreak.In an e-mail exchange I had with my mentor, Dr. Dunn, he argues convincingly that “Firestone has been able to get away with what it has because of a combination of factors—Liberian regimes’ permissiveness, US government support for its business interest/Firestone, and the inadequacy of the media (local and international) beaming the spotlight on the company’s transgressions.”If that’s not cause for reparations and a criminal investigation, I don’t know what is.Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author based at SOAS, University of London. She wrote the essay, “Slavery Ain’t Dead, It’s Manufactured in Liberia’s Rubber”, published in the 2007 Fahamu Trust book, From the Slave Trade to ‘Free’ Trade: How Trade Undermines Democracy and Justice in Africa. The above article was originally published on the blog, Conversations On 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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Players detained in Spanish football match-fixing swoop

first_img0Shares0000Real Valladolid are one of the clubs at the centre of a Spanish police investigation © AFP/File / CESAR MANSOMADRID, Spain, May 28 – An operation against several footballers, ex-players including former Spain international Raul Bravo and club executives accused of fixing matches in the first and second divisions was underway in Spain on Tuesday, police and sources said.In a statement, police said they were in the process of conducting raids in several, unnamed areas and planned to detain 11 people — “retired and active footballers in the first division, active players in the second division and executives of a club.” A source close to the probe, who refused to be named, said that matches were allegedly fixed during this season and the 2017-2018 campaign.Among them were several games played by Real Valladolid, a club majority-owned by former Brazil striker Ronaldo since September.The source named several players involved to AFP.They include Bravo, a 38-year-old former Real Madrid player who once played for Spain, Borja Fernandez who played for first division Real Valladolid, and Carlos Aranda, a retired player who appeared for a string of Spanish clubs.Samuel Saiz, a Leeds player loaned to Getafe this season, is also allegedly involved as is Inigo Lopez Montana, who played for Extremadura and Deportivo La Coruna in the second division this season.The president of SD Huesca, another football club that climbed into first division this season before being relegated again, was also targeted.It was as yet unclear whether they had all been detained.Those at Huesca “are suspected of having taken part in match-fixing when they were in the second division,” the source said.The suspects are accused of match-fixing, belonging to a criminal gang and money laundering, police said.They added their months-long investigation had “confirmed that the suspects reached agreements with various players to ‘fix’ at least three matches in the first, second and third division.”“The match-fixing related to the third division was unsuccessful, forcing the players involved to compensate the loss by doing another in the future,” they added.– Corruption in sport –Police said that during one of the suspect matches in second division, “betting houses registered a cash volume that was up to 14 times higher than normal for this division.”A statement from La Liga, meanwhile, said it had made an initial complaint in May 2018 after a match between Huesca and Gimnastic de Tarragona (0-1).It was unclear whether they were talking about the same match.Javier Tebas, La Liga’s president, told sports daily Marca that La Liga had been investigating this for over a year.“It really hurts, because it affects a club I love, but the most important thing is to end corruption in football,” Tebas, who was president of Huesca in the 1990s, said.In a statement, Valladolid said it maintained “its commitment and fight against corruption or any type of illegal act that diminishes the integrity of sporting competitions.”Match-fixing has been a constant issue in Spanish football.In February 2018, at least 24 people were arrested nationwide in an operation into alleged match-fixing in Spain’s lower leagues.The ring was accused of using players to force situations such as corners or penalties in games in the third and fourth tiers of Spanish football. They would then make bets on these situations.The conspirators under investigation had connections with China, where the bets were placed.Match-fixing has hit other sports like tennis.In January, Spanish police dismantled a gang that allegedly rigged professional tennis matches, detaining 15 people and probing dozens of others including a player who competed in last year’s US Open.The gang allegedly bribed tennis players to fix matches in ITF Futures and Challenger tournaments, the lower levels of the professional game where younger players start out before reaching the ATP and WTA Tours.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Salah hits brace as Liverpool punish Arsenal

first_img0Shares0000Streaking clear: Mohamed Salah (centre) scored twice in Liverpool’s win over Arsenal © AFP / Ben STANSALLLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – Liverpool soared clear at the top of the Premier League by sweeping aside Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield thanks to a Mohamed Salah double on Saturday.Both sides started with the only 100 percent records left in England’s top-flight, but Jurgen Klopp’s men demonstrated the chasm that exists behind them and reigning champions Manchester City with a dominant display. Joel Matip’s towering header opened the floodgates just before half-time and Salah killed the game from the penalty spot before adding his second with a wonderful run and finish.Liverpool open up a three-point lead at the top with Arsenal still in second, but City and Tottenham can move to within two points when they are in action on Sunday.Arsenal have now lost their last three visits to Anfield by a combined score of 12-2 and early season optimism they could pose a threat to Liverpool and City in the title race was snuffed out despite promising signs from club record signing Nicolas Pepe.The Ivorian was handed his first start since a £72 million ($87 million) move from Lille and showed why he was so coveted by posing a constant threat on the counter-attack.Liverpool were camped in the Gunners’ half for the opening 10 minutes, but the visitors were nearly gifted the lead when Adrian, deputising for the injured Alisson Becker in goal, got in Virgil van Dijk’s way as he dealt with a hopeful long ball for Pepe.The Spanish stopper was at fault for Southampton’s consolation in a 2-1 Liverpool win last weekend but escaped this time as the ball fell to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his chipped effort drifted inches wide.– Promising Pepe –Pacey Pepe: Nicolas Pepe impressed on his full Arsenal debut despite defeat to Liverpool © AFP / Ben STANSALLPepe then became the first player to dribble past Van Dijk in the Premier League for nearly 18 months as he showed his blistering pace and sent a curling effort from outside the area just wide.At the other end Liverpool’s high press was often forcing mistakes as Arsenal tried to play their way out from the back and Dani Ceballos’s careless pass across his own box was intercepted by Sadio Mane, whose shot was just too close to Bernd Leno.Arsenal’s big chance to try and end a miserable run without a win away to top six opposition now stretching back 23 games came when Pepe skillfully dribbled past Andy Robertson to burst clear on goal, but his shot was weak and easily saved by Adrian.Instead, Liverpool cranked up the pressure before the break and got the breakthrough on 41 minutes when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner was met powerful by Matip’s head.Once in front, the European champions showed their class to roll through the gears in the second-half and hand Arsenal another Anfield beating.Questions will be asked of the imbalance in the Gunners’ recruitment strategy as they spent big on Pepe for an already fearsome forward line including Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, who started on the bench, but waited until deadline day to sign a much-needed centre-back in David Luiz.The Brazilian showed why Chelsea were not desperate to keep hold on him as he hauled back Salah to concede a soft penalty, which the Egyptian emphatically converted.Nine minutes later, Arsenal’s new centre-back was embarrassed once more as Salah raced onto Fabinho’s pass, beyond Luiz who did not want to dive in and see a second yellow card, before curling clinically into the far corner.With still half an hour to play, Unai Emery’s men could have folded but, to their credit, they stayed in the game and got their reward six minutes from time when substitute Lucas Torreira fired home at the second attempt from Aubameyang’s cut-back.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Sheriff’s official gives ultimatum to inmates

first_img About 3,000 inmates in nearby Riverside County were in the sixth day of a lockdown, but officials said cells were peaceful and described the lockdown as a precaution in case Los Angeles County violence spilled over. In adjacent San Bernardino County, black and Hispanic inmates on a jail bus fought with fists and razor blades Tuesday morning. Fifty-five handcuffed and chained inmates were heading from the West Valley Detention Center to a court when a fight broke out in the bus and the driver turned back, said Robin Haynal, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. As the inmates were being removed from the bus, fighting broke out again and deputies used a rubber-pellet grenade to stop it. Two inmates were slightly injured by the pellets and a third “had been severely kicked by another inmate,” Haynal said. It was the third fight on a jail bus from the detention center. Two earlier clashes injured 14 inmates. It was unclear whether the fighting had a direct link to the violence in Los Angeles County, which has the nation’s largest jail system, but San Bernardino inmates were aware of the problems, Haynal said. In Los Angeles County, Hispanic and black evangelical pastors announced plans Wednesday for a 24-hour vigil in suburban Gardena to pray for an end to the jail violence. Sheriff’s officials have been under intense pressure to quell the fighting. On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors criticized the department for failing to isolate high-risk inmates. A report to supervisors a year ago warned that it was “not permissible” to mix inmates considered to pose a greater threat of violence with offenders of lesser risk. The report by Merrick Bobb, who analyzes sheriff’s services for the supervisors, was commissioned after five inmates were killed in seven months in late 2003 and early 2004. The inmate who died Tuesday had been arrested for investigation of drug possession in Long Beach and was considered a moderate security risk while several others in his six-man cell were in the second-highest risk classification, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. Some prisoners identified as ringleaders of the recent violence have been shifted out of dormitories and into one- and two-man cells, Jones said. “I feel that we’ve identified most of them,” he said. Whitmore and Jones said they believed the battles were losing momentum. Fights were shorter, more infrequent, and resulted in fewer injuries, they said. The latest clash was reported Tuesday night and involved about 100 Men’s Central Jail inmates. Blacks and Hispanics traded punches shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday in a dormitory but deputies using tear gas and sting ball pellets quickly broke up the fight, Whitmore said. Four inmates were treated for minor injuries, he said. “We’re winning. We’re doing OK,” Jones said. After nearly two weeks of deadly clashes, a key jail official went from cell to cell Wednesday, telling inmates that a systemwide lockdown will end when they stop fighting. “When the smoke cleared, I began trying to dialogue,” said Chief Sam Jones, head of custodial operations for the county Sheriff’s Department. “House rules are every man has a right to come into the system and do his time without having to worry about being attacked, injured or ultimately murdered,” Jones said. “I told them I owed them that, and I owed their family and friends that.” Jones delivered his ultimatum Tuesday at jails in Castaic, 40 miles north of Los Angeles, where racial brawls last week killed one inmate and injured dozens more. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant On Wednesday, Jones went to the downtown Men’s Central Jail, where an inmate collapsed and died after a scuffle in a cell Sunday and where a brief brawl erupted Tuesday night. More than 18,000 inmates have been denied visits, phone calls, TV access and other privileges because of the violence between black and Hispanic inmates. Jones told The Associated Press that he promised inmates they would get their privileges back when peace is restored. “When I left last night, each dorm applauded and said thank you,” he said Wednesday. “These people want their mail,” department spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “They want to watch TV. They want to get back to, if you will, some kind of regular existence behind bars.” last_img read more

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MULROY COLLEGE ANNUAL VARIETY SHOW!

first_imgRehearsals are now well underway for Mulroy College’s Annual Variety Show….as our behind the scenes pix show!Highlights of this year’s show will include extracts from Hairspray the musical and Blood Brothers, to mention but a few!As always there will also be some scintillating individual acts on view as well. Sources tell us that the cast and crew have been working very hard, fine tuning their performance for the big night under the watchful eye of Ms. Nicola McBride and Bridgín Carr!This year’s show is on Friday, December 7th in An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny. Tickets are now on sale from An Grianán Theatre box office 074-9120777, priced at €10 BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MULROY COLLEGE ANNUAL VARIETY SHOW! was last modified: November 14th, 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:BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MULROY COLLEGE ANNUAL VARIETY SHOW!last_img read more

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Youth ambassadors for climate change

first_img10 November 2011“The earth has been diagnosed with a sickness, and we have to cure it!” That is how 15-year-old Shraddha Rajcoomar, one of the three South African Climate Change Youth Ambassadors, views the crisis facing the planet.Three youngsters passionate about the earth have been chosen as Climate Change Youth Ambassadors for South Africa at the upcoming 7th Conference of Youth (COY 7).Rajcoomar will join Aluwani Nemukula and Abigail Knox at COY 7, which will precede COP 17 and takes place at Howard College at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban from November 25 to 27.The 17th Conferences of the Parties (COP 17) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change takes place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December.The initiative, which aims to get the South African youth vocal about climate change, is driven by the eThekwini Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department.The Climate Change Youth Ambassadors will continue to work with municipalities across the country, beyond COP 17, to bring real awareness and local action on climate change.But for now, apart from preparing and training for the conference itself, the youth ambassadors will be raising awareness about climate change and COP 17 in eThekwini.‘Climate change is a disease’BuaNews caught up with the three ambassadors ahead of COY 7. Rajcoomar has been interested in the environment for most of her life and almost all her school projects have been about climate change.She has been involved in numerous school and community greening projects. Her research on climate change awareness in schools won her an award at the recent Eskom National Science Expo.Rajcoomar is looking forward to meeting other delegates to exchange ideas and put words into action around climate change.“The youth have to stop seeing the earth as another entity. Climate change is a disease and it affects everyone. The youth believe the weather predictions every day, why not believe the scientists when they predict how the earth will be affected?” asks Rajcoomar.She has spoken at teacher and pupil workshops on climate change, compiled climate change educational resource material for schools, and given motivational presentations to encourage youth to take action.Rajcoomar will be involved in presenting a workshop based on Durban’s response to climate change at COY 7.‘Yet 4-million homes cook without electricity’Durban University of Technology student Aluwani Nemukula, from Limpopo, is an innovative young scientist who is passionate about sustainable development, carbon neutral designs and biomass energy.The 29-year-old DTech Biotechnology student has been busy blogging for the United Nations University Vice-Rectorate in Europe, receiving international awards and presenting papers in the US, Europe and Africa.His work makes him the perfect candidate to encourage the youth to become more active in addressing climate change.“It is indeed a great honour to represent South African youth at COP 17. As a Climate Change ambassador, I believe it is my responsibility to encourage change in youth perceptions on climate change and environmental sustainability,” said Nemukula.He said society needs to understand the impact and consequences of their choices.“It is of great concern that 44% of South Africa’s energy is used by only 36 companies and yet four-million homes cook without electricity. Climate change is here and its effects are being felt globally. Reducing our carbon footprint and ensuring sustainable consumption and production should be an international endeavour, involving people of all ages,” said Nemukula.Nemukula said research revealed that due to poor or non-existent mitigation strategies, developing countries would be the most affected by climate change.“The youth have the power to change the course of future generations. It is important that we embark on daily greening projects and recycling initiatives to ensure a safe climate future.“The change in sea levels and climate patterns is affecting the African natural biodiversity. There is a need for youth engagement in preservation, protection of our natural resources and biodiversity in Africa to ensure food security and the prevention of extinction of our indigenous plant and animal species.”‘Fight apathy in our generation!’Knox, 25, the third ambassador, works in the environmental field as the KZN Sustainable Energy Forum Manager.She is also a sustainability consultant for an environmental trust called BioRegional, which focuses on sustainable “One Planet” living.Knox said she will be attending COY 7 in a volunteer capacity. “I will be giving a workshop with fellow climate change youth ambassadors on ‘What climate change means for Durban: Local is lekker’. We will be interviewing Durbanites for their opinions and at the same time, we will share information and create awareness.”Fun and youth are words that seem to go hand-in-hand and that is precisely what Knox expects from COY 7.“I expect COY 7 to be high energy and a lot of fun. I think we will be constantly surprised by how much the youth know and how brave and courageous we are! When there’s not much to lose, there is lots to gain,” said Knox.Following COY 7, Knox said she will be collaborating with youth to raise awareness. “I plan to resource the enthusiasm and flavour of the Green Campus Initiative (GCI) Green Police from UCT campus, to which I used to belong.”She urged: “Nobody deserves to inherit climate change. Be part of the solution and fight apathy in our generation!”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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The Pros and Cons of Advanced Framing

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Advanced framing, also called optimum value engineering (OVE), is a framing system that aims to pare the amount of lumber used to frame buildings to the bare minimum. Advanced framing was developed in the 1960s by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a way for builders to reduce costs.In recent years, the decades-old framing system has been adopted by many green builders. These new advanced framing devotees are focused less on the cost-cutting aspects of the framing system than on its other virtues, including energy and materials savings.If you want to adopt every principle of advanced framing, here’s what you need to do:Even though optimum value engineering has been around for decades, that doesn’t mean your local code official won’t raise his eyebrows. As one advanced framing guide puts it, these details “are likely to inspire questions from the building official.” So it’s best to discuss your plans with your local officials before you begin framing.The International Residential Code (IRC) now recognizes some, but not all, advanced framing details. For example, Figure R602.3(3) of the 2006 IRC allows the use of drywall clips at two-stud corners. Section R602.3.2 of the 2006 IRC allows single top plates, as long as joints are spanned by “a minimum 3-inch-by-6-inch by 0.036-inch thick galvanized steel plate that is nailed to each wall or segment of wall by six 8d nails on each side.”If you are building in a seismic zone or a high-wind zone, however, many advanced framing details won’t fly with your local official.Although advanced framing is often presented as a package of measures, some builders prefer to adopt some, but not all, advanced framing details.For example, some builders who quickly adopt two-stud corners still retain double top plates, preferring… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Decide on recovery of dues from Vedanta: HC tells Goa government

first_imgA division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa on Monday said a petition filed by the Goa Foundation for recovery of nearly ₹21,000 crores from Vedanta Ltd. will be treated as a petition filed before the State and directed the government to take a decision on this within eight weeks.A copy of the State government’s decision will be filed in the High Court, Claude Alvares, director of Goa Foundation, said here on Tuesday.The Goa Foundation had last week filed a petition seeking directions on recovery of dues from Vedanta Ltd. for five years of illegal mining. The petition was based on a 2012 Supreme Court ruling declaring all mining in Goa between 2007 and 2012 as illegal as it was carried out without the benefit of a valid lease. It had ruled that the validity of all leases (some 127 at the time) which had worked during the period had expired on November 22, 2007.The Goa Foundation had written to the Goa Government first in 2014 and then again in March 2018 requesting it to commence the process of recovery. of ₹65,058 crore, the value of the ore exported in the five years (2007-2012). As Vedanta was responsible for 31% of mining extraction in the State and export during the period, the first petition was filed against the same company. However, the petitioners also drew the attention of the High Court to recover ₹45,000 crore from the remaining 126 lease holders.The High Court had directed the State government to examine the issue in relation not just to Vedanta but to other lease holders as well.last_img read more

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